Figure of infant malnutrition in Northern Nigeria doubles in one year/MSF


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The Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders said its inpatient facilities in northern Nigeria have recorded an extraordinary increase in admissions of severely malnourished children with life-threatening complications in recent weeks, exceeding last year’s figures by over 100 per cent in some locations.

MSF said this is an alarming indication of a premature peak of the lean season and the increase in acute malnutrition that accompanies it, typically anticipated in July.

The humanitarian non-governmental organisation made this known in a press statement released on Tuesday.

“We are resorting to treating patients on mattresses on the floor because our facilities are full. Children are dying. If immediate action is not taken, more lives hang in the balance. Everyone needs to step in to save lives and allow the children of northern Nigeria to grow free from malnutrition and its disastrous long-term if not fatal, consequences,” said the MSF’s Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Simba Tirima.

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